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46  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 15, 2014, 05:04:54 PM
This is interesting (in a "huh, maybe there's hope for us dumb humans after all" way)

People offer to escort people who feel threatened on public transport as a result of yesterday's hostage situation

Humans have great capacity for good or evil.  Thankfully this lot was using their capacity for good.
47  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: December 15, 2014, 04:50:00 PM
Fix Final Fantasy ...

My brain didn't process that because I grew up with and played the original, Mystic Quest and FF3 (6 if you use the Japanese numbering).  There is not need to fix those.

However, I understand that later versions got ... weird.

*Nothing to see folks.  Old grognard coming through.  Move along.
48  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: December 10, 2014, 05:25:54 PM

Quite enjoyable.
49  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: December 09, 2014, 11:36:15 AM
Ah, then let us carry on. Lars will head for the campsite with Creamor.
50  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 09, 2014, 11:33:32 AM
The very simple solution is that if you want the religious right to discriminate, you lose access to all government funding and tax exemptions.

Probably the best way to handle it. Doubt it will happen.
51  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 09, 2014, 06:36:27 AM
I'm torn on things like the "religious freedom acts" around the country.  I don't want to be compelled to act a certain way if it offends my religious beliefs.  However, I can see the slippery slope argument* that turns into, "my beliefs say I don't serve people of color " which I can't agree with.  However, Val, I think yours is a step too far.

Could we agree with a law that prevents churches/synagogues/mosques/covens/etc. from being prosecuted for preaching what they believe?  Houston recently tried to subpoena sermons from local churches under thread of lawsuit.  That strikes me as a very dangerous precedent.  (Yes, there is more to the story.)

*The danger of the slippery slop argument is that it magnifies the fears of one side without seriously considering the restraints (handrails if you will) of the other side.

e.g. The anti-gun crowd says that without gun restrictions there will be blood in the streets.  The pro-gun crowd says that any restrictions end in a gun-free public and tyrannical rule.  The truth is, there are restrictions (often unenforced) that didn't stop the blood in certain city streets.  Further, asking me to have a license for concealed carry doesn't mean that the government is coming for me (especially in Texas).  And, yes, I am aware that the gun debate is a charged one on both sides.
52  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 08, 2014, 03:39:34 PM
The big point there is, for the majority of the gear, I want to say high 90%s, the gear is tagged for Tactical use.  SWAT, HRT, ATO, etc.  You're not going to see your local beat cop walking down the street in Dragonskin, Interceptor, PASGT, etc. armor with a full auto M4 and frag grenades.  You will see, however, your local emergency response threat teams rolling around in very nice, very metal vehicles designed to cave in walls and transport those men safely to get done what they need to do.  

Except some of those folks think it's "hero time" (tm) when they grab said carbines - especially the ones who AREN'T part of SWAT*.

And, except in very, very, very rare circumstances, I can't see my hometown police department ever needing an MRAP.

* SWAT, as a general rule, are some of the best trained cops we have in the US.  I'm fine with them having the gear.  If the rest of the force gets - and passes - the same level of training, then they can have the gear too.  Otherwise?  Nope.
53  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: December 08, 2014, 12:20:39 PM
So, to be clear.  Was the plan to have Lars on an outing with Creamor looking for the soldiers or was he supposed to head back to town.  I thought it was the latter but the IC seems to indicate the former.
54  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 08, 2014, 12:19:22 PM
Good points all around on money.  It drives decisions that make absolutely no sense.  As in, none.

I'd love to see a balanced budget ammendment that phases in over ten years to give congress time to deal with it.  Knowing that they won't I'd like to have part of the same ammendment prevent them from getting paid unless the House passes a budget that the Senate also passes and that the President signs into law.  If they pass different versions or if the President vetoes it, then they don't get paid.  I find that switching the pay stick around and hitting Congress with it tends to get better results.
55  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 08, 2014, 12:16:08 PM
Oh BOY! It's fun happy culture time! Tongue

A buddy of mine driving through Alabama sms'd seeing this "Multiculturalism = White Genocide" billboard in Birmingham.

Point of order.  The billboard reads "Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white."  I'm not seeing genocide in there.  Not saying that the folks who paid for it don't see it that way but let's keep it accurate.

And, yeah, my brother lives in Alabama.  He keeps me apprised of the ... lunacy that goes on in certain parts.  Thankfully for me, though frustrating to him, he stands as a voice of reason to those that can't reason for themselves.

I'll be the asshole to say that not all cultures are equal.  (Say yes to shwarma and no to domestic abuse, Iraq.)  That said, WTF?  Hinting that every culture not founded by white people has nothing to offer is genocide is just asinine. 

And I'll be the one that seconds your motion.  My dad always said that "colorblind" was a stupid PC invention.  If you have eyes, you can see color*.  However, he also said that judgement must be based on a man's actions and NOT his color.  Because culture influences actions far more than color ever will.

* Assuming your are not so color defficient as to render everything the same shade.  However, that level of occular deficiency is usually refered to as blind.
56  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 02, 2014, 08:30:22 PM
The Batman, s04e07 "Artifacts". Entirely pertinent to the discussion at hand and a damn good episode on a whole number of levels.

You can watch it here

Quite a good episode.  I also found it interesting how much the young woman got wrong with her suppositions about the Batman's history.  Not to mention it seemed like a slight drubbing of archeology which - after all - isn't a perfect science.  (Though much, much better than that portrayed by Indiana - tomb robber - Jones.)
57  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: December 02, 2014, 07:09:12 PM
Lars says, "I'll take the first watch, then."  Lars places a ribbon in his scriptures and stands.  He begins walking about the camp trying to find a spot that provides both concealment as well as visibility.
58  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: December 01, 2014, 07:16:45 PM
Lars sits contentedly next to the fire.  He inhales the cold, crisp air and holds it in his lungs for a bit before releasing it.  Not unlike a man puffing on a pipe.  "Ah, simple pleasures.  Who has first watch?"  While waiting for a reply he opens his scriptures and begins reading.
59  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 27, 2014, 09:23:48 AM
Heavy stuff above about airsoft and etc.- Wanna see something to break your brain?

Look up Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3.

Seems pretty tame.  My high school had a trap shooting club that met at school and flung traps OVER the school.  Granted, they wouldn't be able to do that now ...

Thanksgiving?  Oh, you mean Black Thursday, the first shopping day of the Christmas season!  Seriously, its getting to the point where that's what Thanksgiving is now, basically the food binge you do so you can survive the long lines outside the stores for a month.  Tongue

Sadly.  Though me and mine will be offering thanks today.  And NOT standing in line.
60  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: November 27, 2014, 09:01:06 AM
Hey.  Just posting to apologise for being away so long.  Can't promise when I will be around, happy for you to do with Drin whatever you like.  With medical school finals coming up, then a spot of running around the jungle on elective and then being a junior doctor, I can't really commit to this long-haul at all.  Sorry to bail as well :S

Q: What do you call a guy who graduates last in medical school with a D average?
A: Doctor.


Get out there and heal some people. 
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